Why I Write

My fellow fiction editor at Blue River explains why she writes.

Shelby Snedeker

Upon graduating from Creighton University with a B.A. in Creative Writing, I attended the Juniper Summer Writing Institute in Amherst, MA. Never before had I participated in an event so concentrated in the discussion of story. The entire institute seemed one fluid conversation from beginning to end, every question and statement from participants and facilitators alike— an attempt to interpret our call to writing and the toil we face in following through.

We spent several hours each day in workshop groups and craft courses, our evenings at readings by distinguished authors and poets, including Joy Williams, Anthony Doerr, Matthea Harvey, and D.A. Powell, and our nights typing frantically away at our keyboards to produce new manuscripts to share in workshop the following day. This concentrated schedule held us eagerly captive for nine days, and though the experience was intense, by the end I had generated the first and…

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